Live Music: What is the Point?

I scheduled this post. Just saying. Why? Because as you read this I am on my way to a concert, or at it. I am seeing Black Veil Brides. They are alright… but I am going with Mrs so I have to say that or I will get moaned at! No, not really. However, it inspired today’s topic. What is the point in live music? When you see the band they are probably going to play songs you know and have heard time and time again. The experience will last what, 3 hours? Is it worth paying like £30 a ticket just to see a band play songs you know, and move about on a stage a bit?

People’s responses on this will probably vary. I know people that don’t go to live concerts just because they feel it is a waste of money, since you could just listen to the songs at home very loud and have a similar experience. Other people will agree with me, in that, you pay mainly to see the band play. It is all a visual thing. You see the people you enjoy the music of. You see them playing it, you see how they play it, and you get, hopefully a great experience. There is just something about going to a concert, hearing the music blast in your eardrums, and seeing a band that you love, that just can’t be beaten. It is a great experience. So yeah this is definitely a point to it. Admittedly, I don’t think it is worth the prices that some bands charge, but it is still brilliant nonetheless.

I don’t exactly understand what makes a concert great though completely. Seeing the band you adore is brilliant sure, so why not go to a signing? I would prefer a concert to a signing any day and I am sure most people would. Is it the atmosphere? The vibe that is let off? The feeling that you are surrounded by similar people to you and you all love the same band? What is it? I think it is mostly a psychological thing.

Question time once more. That sounds like a childish thing to say… anyway, what do you love the most about the live experience? Is it the people screaming down your earholes? Getting crushed in moshpits? Or hearing your favorite band members shout for you to ‘move like you’re fucking crazy’ or whatever they shout?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and thanks all for reading!

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We Need Better Sound Engineers

I am not saying all sound engineers suck, but I have been to too many concerts with idiots on the mixing desk! I am in the process of qualifying to be a sound engineer, and I seem to know a lot more then most of the people doing the jobs themselves. I saw a band the other day called Anathema, and they were great, but the sound engineers did a terrible job, and I mean terrible.

First of all, the band were late coming on because they couldn’t fix a problems with one of the mics. This lasted about twenty minutes. They also wrapped one of the leads connecting the mic around to tight, meaning if one of the members had just tried to move it, it would have pulled the mic out of the socket.

After this, during the first two songs there was constant feedback. They didn’t even try and fix it until one of the band members said something to one of the engineers! This is just terrible! I always seem to be attending concerts were there are loads of problems with the sound! I don’t know if it is like it in other places, but I can tell you one thing, we really do need better sound engineers.

From what I have heard it is because there are too little people trained to be sound engineers out there, so they have loads of open vacancies. This is great for people like me, because it means we have a better chance of getting a job, but it isn’t good for the actual shows themselves. We need more sound engineers, and mainly ones who are good! All of the roles were filled the other night, and yet the job they did was terrible. I know Anathema’s songs are quite complex because there are lots of different instruments, which means lots of channels, but come on! Sorting feedback is simple! You just need to send the signal to an Aux channel and add a High Pass Filter! It takes like two seconds if you know how to do it right!

I assume it is because the Slade Rooms (the place I saw Anathema at) had to scrape the bottom of the barrel for sound engineers because it is a very small venue, but they could have at least got people who knew what they were doing, and it doesn’t give the other venues that I saw bigger bands at an excuse. I saw Metallica at the LG Arena in 2008 and for all of the support act you could barely hear the vocals. The entire 45 minute set.

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